Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Isaac was a man whose life demonstrated the blessing of God. He was undoubtedly a tithing believer and a successful farmer, as were his father Abraham and son Jacob. Genesis 26:12 tells us, "That year Isaac's crops were tremendous! He harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him." While others were perishing in the famine, Isaac sowed in the land and reaped a hundredfold return.

It was Isaac's attitude, however, that brought the blessing of God. When he had dug a "gushing spring" (Genesis 26:19), the shepherds of Gerar came and stole it from him. Instead of quarreling, he moved on and "dug another well" (v. 21). When that new well was stolen, "he dug another well" (v. 22). Finally his well was not stolen, and the Lord said to him, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you" (v. 24).

Attitudes of bitterness, anger, resentment, and strife will keep you from financial blessing. Dig another well, keep your heart right, and God will pour out even more blessings than before!

Genesis 26:17-27:46

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar,S Ge 20:1 where he settled.18 Isaac reopened the wellsS Ge 21:30 that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.20 But the herders of Gerar quarreledS Ge 13:7 with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!”Ge 21:25 So he named the well Esek,Esek means dispute. because they disputed with him.21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreledS Ge 13:7 over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.Sitnah means opposition.22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,Rehoboth means room.Ge 36:37 saying, “Now the Lord has given us roomPs 18:19; Isa 33:20; 54:2; Am 9:11 and we will flourishS Ge 17:6 in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba.S Ge 22:1924 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham.S Ge 24:12 Do not be afraid,S Ge 15:1; S Jos 8:1 for I am with you;S Ge 21:20 I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendantsS ver 4 for the sake of my servant Abraham.”ver 4; Ge 17:7; S 22:17; 28:14; 30:27; 39:5; Dt 13:17

25 Isaac built an altarS Ge 8:20 there and called on the name of the Lord.S Ge 4:26; S Ac 2:21 There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.S Ge 21:30

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.S Ge 21:2227 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?S ver 16

28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you;S Ge 21:22 so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treatyS Ge 21:27; Jos 9:6 with you29 that you will do us no harm,Ge 31:29, 52 just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”S Ge 24:31

30 Isaac then made a feastGe 31:54; Ex 18:12; 24:11; 1Sa 20:27 for them, and they ate and drank.31 Early the next morning the men swore an oathS Ge 21:23, 27 to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the wellS Ge 21:30 they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!”33 He called it Shibah,Shibah can mean oath or seven. and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.Beersheba can mean well of the oath and well of seven.S Ge 21:14

Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing

34 When Esau was forty years old,S Ge 25:20 he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.S Ge 10:15; 28:9; 36:2; Jos 3:10; 1Sa 26:6; 1Ki 10:2935 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.Ge 27:46; 28:8; Job 7:16

27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see,Ge 48:10; Dt 34:7; 1Sa 3:2 he called for Esau his older sonS Ge 25:25 and said to him, “My son.”

“Here I am,” he answered.

Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.Ge 47:29; 1Ki 2:1Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open countryS Ge 25:27 to hunt some wild game for me.Prepare me the kind of tasty food I likeS Ge 25:28 and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessingver 10, 25, 31; S Ge 24:60; 49:28; Dt 33:1; Heb 11:20 before I die.”ver 7

Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open countryS Ge 25:27 to hunt game and bring it back,Rebekah said to her son Jacob,S Ge 25:28 “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ver 4Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:ver 13, 43Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats,1Sa 16:20 so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.S Ge 25:2810 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessingS ver 4 before he dies.”

11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy manGe 25:25 while I have smooth skin.12 What if my father touches me?ver 22 I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curseS Ge 9:25 on myself rather than a blessing.”

13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me.Mt 27:25 Just do what I say;S ver 8 go and get them for me.”

14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.S Ge 25:2815 Then Rebekah took the best clothesver 27; SS 4:11 of Esau her older son,S Ge 25:25 which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.ver 22-2317 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.”

“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”ver 32

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn.ver 32 I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game,S Ge 25:28 so that you may give me your blessing.”S ver 4

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,S Ge 24:12” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you,ver 12 my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac,Ge 45:4 who touchedver 12 him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau;ver 16 so he proceeded to bless him.24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

“I am,” he replied.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”S ver 4

Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”

27 So he went to him and kissedGe 31:28, 55; 33:4; 48:10; Ex 4:27; 18:7; Ru 1:9; 1Sa 20:41; 2Sa 14:33; 19:39 himHeb 11:20. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes,S ver 15 he blessed him and said,

“Ah, the smell of my son

is like the smell of a field

that the Lord has blessed.Ps 65:9-13

28 May God give you heaven’s dewDt 33:13; 2Sa 1:21; Job 18:16; 29:19; Pr 3:20; Isa 26:19; Hos 14:5; Hag 1:10; Zec 8:12

and earth’s richnessver 39; Ge 49:25; Lev 26:20; Dt 33:13

an abundance of grainPs 65:9; 72:16 and new wine.ver 37; Nu 18:12; Dt 7:13; 33:28; 2Ki 18:32; Ps 4:7; Isa 36:17; Jer 31:12; 40:10

29 May nations serve you

and peoples bow down to you.2Sa 8:14; Ps 68:31; 72:11; Isa 19:21, 23; 27:13; 45:14, 23; 49:7, 23; 60:12, 14; 66:23; Jer 12:17; Da 2:44; Zec 14:17-18

Be lord over your brothers,

and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.S Ge 9:25; S 25:23; S 37:7

May those who curse you be cursed

and those who bless you be blessed.ver 33; Ge 12:3

30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”S ver 4

32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”ver 18

“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.ver 19

33 Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me?ver 35 I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!S ver 29

34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cryHeb 12:17 and said to his father, “BlessEx 12:32 me—me too, my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfullyJer 9:4; 12:6 and took your blessing.”ver 19, 45

36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named JacobJacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.?S Ge 25:26 This is the second time he has taken advantage ofGe 29:25; 31:20, 26; 34:13; 1Sa 28:12 me: He took my birthright,S Ge 25:33 and now he’s taken my blessing!”Heb 12:16-17 Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”

37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine.S ver 28; Dt 16:13; Ezr 6:9; Isa 16:10; Jer 40:12 So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.Ge 29:11; Nu 14:1; Jdg 2:4; 21:2; Ru 1:9; 1Sa 11:4; 30:4; Heb 12:17

39 His father Isaac answered him,Heb 11:20

“Your dwelling will be

away from the earth’s richness,

away from the dewver 28 of heaven above.Ge 36:6

40 You will live by the sword

and you will serve2Sa 8:14 your brother.S Ge 9:25

But when you grow restless,

you will throw his yoke

from off your neck.2Ki 8:20-22

41 Esau held a grudgeGe 37:4; 49:23; 50:15; 1Sa 17:28 against JacobGe 31:17; 32:11; Hos 10:14 because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourningGe 50:4, 10; Nu 20:29 for my father are near; then I will killver 42 my brother Jacob.”Ob 1:10

42 When Rebekah was told what her older son EsauGe 32:3, 11; 33:4 had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you.ver 4143 Now then, my son, do what I say:S ver 8 Flee at once to my brother LabanS Ge 24:29 in Harran.S Ge 11:3144 Stay with him for a whileGe 31:38, 41 until your brother’s fury subsides.45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him,S ver 35 I’ll send word for you to come back from there.S Ge 26:3 Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these HittiteS Ge 10:15 women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land,S Ge 10:15-19 from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”S Ge 26:35; S Job 7:7

17 So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down.18 He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham had given them.

19 Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water.20 But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen. So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”).21 Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”).22 Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”

23 From there Isaac moved to Beersheba,24 where the Lord appeared to him on the night of his arrival. “I am the God of your father, Abraham,” he said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant.”25 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug another well.

Isaac’s Covenant with Abimelech

26 One day King Abimelech came from Gerar with his adviser, Ahuzzath, and also Phicol, his army commander.27 “Why have you come here?” Isaac asked. “You obviously hate me, since you kicked me off your land.”

28 They replied, “We can plainly see that the Lord is with you. So we want to enter into a sworn treaty with you. Let’s make a covenant.29 Swear that you will not harm us, just as we have never troubled you. We have always treated you well, and we sent you away from us in peace. And now look how the Lord has blessed you!”

30 So Isaac prepared a covenant feast to celebrate the treaty, and they ate and drank together.31 Early the next morning, they each took a solemn oath not to interfere with each other. Then Isaac sent them home again, and they left him in peace.

32 That very day Isaac’s servants came and told him about a new well they had dug. “We’ve found water!” they exclaimed.33 So Isaac named the well Shibah (which means “oath”). And to this day the town that grew up there is called Beersheba (which means “well of the oath”).

34 At the age of forty, Esau married two Hittite wives: Judith, the daughter of Beeri, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon.35 But Esau’s wives made life miserable for Isaac and Rebekah.

Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing

27 One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.”

“Yes, Father?” Esau replied.

“I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know when I may die.Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me.Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.”

But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game,she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau,‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you.Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish.10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”

11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth.12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.”

13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”

14 So Jacob went out and got the young goats for his mother. Rebekah took them and prepared a delicious meal, just the way Isaac liked it.15 Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob.16 She covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats.17 Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread.

18 So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said.

“Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?”

19 Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.”

20 Isaac asked, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God put it in my path!” Jacob replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.”22 So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said.23 But he did not recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy just like Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob.24 “But are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

“Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.

25 Then Isaac said, “Now, my son, bring me the wild game. Let me eat it, and then I will give you my blessing.” So Jacob took the food to his father, and Isaac ate it. He also drank the wine that Jacob served him.26 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come a little closer and kiss me, my son.”

27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of the outdoors, which the Lord has blessed!

28 “From the dew of heaven

and the richness of the earth,

may God always give you abundant harvests of grain

and bountiful new wine.

29 May many nations become your servants,

and may they bow down to you.

May you be the master over your brothers,

and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.

All who curse you will be cursed,

and all who bless you will be blessed.”

30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and almost before Jacob had left his father, Esau returned from his hunt.31 Esau prepared a delicious meal and brought it to his father. Then he said, “Sit up, my father, and eat my wild game so you can give me your blessing.”

32 But Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”

Esau replied, “It’s your son, your firstborn son, Esau.”

33 Isaac began to tremble uncontrollably and said, “Then who just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him just before you came. And yes, that blessing must stand!”

34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he let out a loud and bitter cry. “Oh my father, what about me? Bless me, too!” he begged.

35 But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.”

36 Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice.Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.” First he took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has stolen my blessing. Oh, haven’t you saved even one blessing for me?”

37 Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your master and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine—what is left for me to give you, my son?”

38 Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept.

39 Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him,

“You will live away from the richness of the earth,

and away from the dew of the heaven above.

40 You will live by your sword,

and you will serve your brother.

But when you decide to break free,

you will shake his yoke from your neck.”

Jacob Flees to Paddan-Aram

41 From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing. And Esau began to scheme: “I will soon be mourning my father’s death. Then I will kill my brother, Jacob.”

42 But Rebekah heard about Esau’s plans. So she sent for Jacob and told him, “Listen, Esau is consoling himself by plotting to kill you.43 So listen carefully, my son. Get ready and flee to my brother, Laban, in Haran.44 Stay there with him until your brother cools off.45 When he calms down and forgets what you have done to him, I will send for you to come back. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m sick and tired of these local Hittite women! I would rather die than see Jacob marry one of them.”

17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

24 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.

26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?

28 And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Lord.

30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:

35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

27 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death.

Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.

15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to me.

21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.

22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.

24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.

26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed:

28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.

32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;

45 Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?

46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

Matthew 9:1-17

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man9:2-8pp — Mk 2:3-12; Lk 5:18-26

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.Mt 4:13Some men brought to him a paralyzed man,S Mt 4:24 lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith,S ver 22 he said to the man, “Take heart,Jn 16:33 son; your sins are forgiven.”Lk 7:48

At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”Mt 26:65; Jn 10:33

Knowing their thoughts,Ps 94:11; Mt 12:25; Lk 6:8; 9:47; 11:17; Jn 2:25 Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?But I want you to know that the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”Then the man got up and went home.When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God,Mt 5:16; 15:31; Lk 7:16; 13:13; 17:15; 23:47; Jn 15:8; Ac 4:21; 11:18; 21:20 who had given such authority to man.

The Calling of Matthew9:9-13pp — Mk 2:14-17; Lk 5:27-32

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,”S Mt 4:19 he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”Mt 11:19; Lk 5:30; 15:2; 19:7; Gal 2:15

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’Hosea 6:6Hos 6:6; Mic 6:6-8; Mt 12:7 For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”Lk 19:10; 1Ti 1:15

Jesus Questioned About Fasting9:14-17pp — Mk 2:18-22; Lk 5:33-39

14 Then John’sS Mt 3:1 disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often,Mt 11:18, 19; Lk 18:12 but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?Jn 3:29 The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.Ac 13:2, 3; 14:23

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town.Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”

But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”

Jesus knewSome manuscripts read saw. what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?So I will prove to you that the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

And the man jumped up and went home!Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for giving humans such authority.

Jesus Calls Matthew

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?Greek with tax collectors and sinners?

12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’Hos 6:6 (Greek version). For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

A Discussion about Fasting

14 One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fastSome manuscripts read fast often. like we do and the Pharisees do?”

15 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

16 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.

17 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”

And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

And he arose, and departed to his house.

But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

Psalm 10:16-18

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;S Ex 15:18

the nationsS Dt 8:20 will perish from his land.

17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;S Ps 9:12

you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,S Ex 22:23

18 defending the fatherlessS Dt 24:17; Ps 146:9 and the oppressed,S Ps 9:9

so that mere earthly mortals

will never again strike terror.

16 The Lord is king forever and ever!

The godless nations will vanish from the land.

17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.

Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.

18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,

so mere people can no longer terrify them.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Proverbs 3:9-10

Honor the Lord with your wealth,

with the firstfruitsS Ex 22:29; Dt 26:1-15 of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filledPs 144:13 to overflowing,

and your vats will brim over with new wine.S Job 22:21; Joel 2:24; Mal 3:10-12

Honor the Lord with your wealth

and with the best part of everything you produce.

10 Then he will fill your barns with grain,

and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

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